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first_imgNon-Profits News The National Endowment for the Arts Presents $50,000 Grant to the Pasadena Playhouse Under the CARES Act By CARL KOZLOWSKI Published on Thursday, July 2, 2020 | 11:08 am Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS While the Pasadena Playhouse has suffered for months under shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as numerous productions had to be postponed or canceled, the venerable theatre received a major piece of good news on Wednesday. The official State Theatre of California learned it had been approved for a $50,000 award as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.“At the start of the current crisis, we began an aggressive fundraising campaign to sustain the Playhouse through this uncertain time while continuing to serve our community,” saidProducing Artistic Director Danny Feldman. “This grant bolsters that effort, helping us reach our goal of employing as many artists and staff as possible while our curtain is down. We thank the National Endowment for the Arts for their support.”Pasadena Playhouse is one of 855 organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico selected for this grant. The National Endowment for the Arts received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance.Pasadena Playhouse, along with the other awardees, represents the diverse nature of arts organizations around the country.Overall funding was divided nearly evenly between small, medium, and large arts organizations. The grant will be used to support Pasadena Playhouse’s digital programming personnel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The pandemic and its shutdown provided a shock to the system for the Playhouse, which had to cancel “Mach 33: The Caltech/Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays” on April 3-4; a Pasadena Civic Ballet production of “Aladdin” from April 17-19; an April 20 Holocaust Remembrance Reading of “The Diary of Anne Frank”; and the impending July 28-Aug. 3 run of “Annie Get Your Gun.” In addition, the May 27-July 28 production of “Ann” – a biographical play about the renowned, late Texas governor Ann Richards – was postponed to a future date.The Playhouse is currently offering an online course titled “The Broadway Musical & America” through July 21, and will likely offer more such classes in the coming months.The National Endowment for the Arts says that arts and culture are a key component of the U.S. economy that contributed $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2017 and employed over five million wage?and?salary workers who collectively earned $405 billion. This funding will help support those jobs and those nonprofit organizations during this time of great need so that arts and culture will persevere as a significant contributor to the American economy.Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.The Pasadena Playhouse has produced bold and important theater for over 100 years. It is one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work. In 1937, the Playhouse was officially recognized as the State Theater of California for its contribution and commitment to the dramatic arts. 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first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin WhatsApp TAGSGardaílimerickmobile phoneOperation Handsfree Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLimerick Gardaí team up with mobile phone suppliers to cut road deathsBy Staff Reporter – September 19, 2016 595 Phone suppliers and Gardai are urging Limerick motorists to “go handsfree”WITH almost 2,000 drivers found using mobile phones in Limerick during the first eight months of the year, the message from An Garda Siochana is clear, “put the phone down while driving – it could cost you your life”.Operation Handsfree was launched in Limerick on Monday as a joint initiative involving Gardaí and local mobile phone businesses who are introducing special offers to encourage drivers to purchase handsfree kits and to stop holding phones while driving.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Inspector Paul Reidy of the Limerick Divisional Traffic Corp said that the aim of the initiative is to reduce fatalities on the road and the number of serious collisions.“Unfortunately we are at ten fatalities on Limerick roads so far this year while last year there were four for the entire 12 months. We are very concerned about that and we want to do everything we can about that’” he said.From Monday, September 19 to October 1, associated local businesses will be running special offers on handsfree kits for drivers to install and use in their cars.“We want to encourage people to avail of the offers and to cease the practice of holding a phone while driving” Inspector Reidy said after he said that 1,996 people have been detected committing the offence so far in 2016.Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan said that the Limerick divisional traffic corp had “carried out a number of blitz detections and were catching 40 or 50 people using their mobiles while driving.“That should not be part of our job. We want to get the message across but, for some reason, it is not getting out there.“The aim of the initiative introduced by Inspector Reidy and local mobile phone business affiliated to Limerick Chamber is to create awareness rather than having people getting caught.“We want people to have the information. It is important to convince people that the idea of using a mobile phone while driving is a non-runner and everyone knows how dangerous it is but yet people still try to do it.“If you look at some of the hard hitting advertisements on radio and television that are out there now, it’s hard to understand why the message isn’t getting through” Supt Sheahan said.“I know in my house some people turn the television off because the advertisements are so graphic and hard hitting. What we are trying to do with this initiative is to try and create that extra awareness. We are not out there to try and catch people using their mobile phone. We are out there trying to save their lives. End of story.” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Advertisement Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick is falling behind on Sport Capital Grant fundingNext articleCompetition winner Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Print Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

first_imgProsecutors had sought the arrest warrant for Lee on suspicion he was involved in price manipulation and illegal trading during the 2015 merger of Cheil Industries and Samsung C&T.But the Seoul Central District Court turned down the prosecution’s request, ruling there was not sufficient probable cause for his arrest, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.Lee attended the hearing, which Yonhap said lasted for about nine hours.The merger transaction was seen as helping ensure a smooth third-generational power transfer to Lee, a scion of Samsung’s founding family. Topics : Chaebol families often have only a small ownership stake in their empires, but maintain control through complex webs of cross-shareholdings between units.Lee was the largest shareholder in Cheil Industries, and critics say Samsung sought to artificially lower the price of C&T to give him a bigger stake in the merged entity — a key part of the Samsung structure — consolidating his grip on the conglomerate.Last week, the Samsung group rejected media reports of price manipulation as “groundless”, saying in a statement Lee did not take part in “any illegal acts”. Apology The prosecutors’ request came weeks after Lee issued a wide-ranging apology for company misconduct and promised to end the line of family succession.Lee, 51, has effectively been at the helm of Samsung — South Korea’s biggest business group — since his father and Samsung group boss Lee Kun-hee suffered a heart attack in 2014.He was jailed for five years in 2017 in connection with Park’s corruption scandal, but was released a year later on appeal before the country’s top court ordered him to face a new trial.Samsung’s overall turnover is equivalent to a fifth of the national gross domestic product, making it crucial to South Korea’s economic health.The company reported a slight fall in first-quarter net profit at 4.88 trillion won ($4 billion), citing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.But Samsung — which saw operations suspended at 11 overseas assembly lines — has warned of further falls to come as consumer demand is “significantly” hit by the disease. The heir to South Korea’s Samsung empire avoided arrest on Tuesday over a controversial merger of two business units seen as a key step to his succession, Yonhap news agency reported.Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, is already being re-tried on charges of bribery, embezzlement and other offences in connection with a corruption scandal that brought down former South Korean president Park Geun-hye.The merger case is separate from his ongoing retrial, but adds to the difficulties for the Samsung group, by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates, or chaebols, that dominate business in the world’s 12th-largest economy.last_img read more